A bit about me
I’m Jess – a seventeen year old reader, writer and blogger. I’m on a journey to live a simple lifestyle, trying to exist in the moment and be more sustainable. I’m on a mission to capture the small moments of the world and escape life for a while in the comfort of books.
A view of humanity
From a very early age I’ve been intrigued and passionate about the human nature, and a strong believer in human rights. I’ve always grown up with a strong sense of ethics, buying fair-trade where possible, being knowledgeable of where things are coming from and who might have paid the price along the way. It’s mainly down to my mum that I’m as aware as I am about the world, knowing about current issues and joining organisations like Amnesty International to make change happen in the world. It’s these small acts of being an ethical consumer and a voice of change that prevents dystopia from becoming reality.
Delve into Dystopia’s journey
I started Delve into Dystopia back in 2013 when I was just 13 years old. I had no idea what I was doing, only that I’d found an undeniable love for dystopian books and wanted to share that with the world. Dystopian books were my gateway into a darker exploration of the world, somewhere where human rights were discussed in a safer environment of young adult tropes. After a while, I became less interested in seeing the repetitive nature of these books, so looked for dystopia elsewhere. Not just in dystopian books or the world (which offers enough dystopia for a lifetime) but in other genres and mediums. I started to see how dystopia could be more intimate and simple than is explored in young adult literature. I wrote a post about what I call a dystopia and why it’s not just limited to “dystopian books”, which you can find here.
A change of perspective
I’ve always suffered with anxiety, but I’d never really realised how consuming it could be until it began to control me. I developed an eating disorder (the body dysmorphia came from my anxiety) and massively restricted what and how much I ate, all the while over-exercising. The anxiety became a dark shadow which kept me from being able to live my life. It felt like there wasn’t a life worth living whilst it consumed me, and it took a long time to become well again. Some days life still feels too much, but I’ve learnt that happiness comes from within and it is possible to enjoy everything in life. Suffering with mental health has made me understand a lot more about myself and about the world, which I use to fuel my writing.
Let’s be friends!
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